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Many of the scenes in ITV's Downton Abbey take place in the dining room at Highclere Castle. In this scene about to take place, Dowager Countess of Grantham (played by Maggie Smith) maintains order over the occasion whilst the butler Carson (played by Jim Carter) instructs a new young footman how to serve.

  • Estimate

    GBP 5,000 - 10,000

  • Description

    A champagne reception followed by a three-course lunch or dinner for eight people in the dining room at Highclere Castle.

    All proceeds raised from this auction will be donated to various armed forces charities which support both veterans and victims of war, including The Royal British Legion, Oxfam, ABF – The Soldier’s Charity, Blue Star Families, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

  • Lot Notes

    The date for this experience will be mutually agreed by The Highclere Estate, to be taken by 30th August 2015. This lot cannot be resold or auctioned. Any travel for the attendees shall be the buyer's responsibility.

    Following the close of the sale, successful bidders will be contacted by a Highclere representative via email to make the necessary arrangements.

    © Carnival Film & Television Ltd 2013

  • Additional Charge Details

    Due to charitable nature of this sale, no additional charges (such as buyer’s premium, valued added, sales or compensating use tax or equivalent tax, shipping, or any loss damage liability fees) will be assessed on the final bid amount.

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  • Payment Instructions

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